Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dr. Coburn's Lethal Injection?


Finally, a GOP Senator with some courage. Senator Tom Coburn is forcing the reading of Bernie Sanders' 800 page single-payer health care amendment. This is huge:

The normal procedure on the Senate floor would have been to dispense with the reading of the amendment. But “to alert taxpayers to this latest Washington scheme to take away your health care decisions,” Senator Coburn’s office writes, Sen. Coburn demanded that the full text of the 767 page Sanders amendment be read by the Senate clerk.

Watch it live.

It took eighteen minutes just to get through the table of contents … for an amendment. Philip [Klein] says the pace picked up a bit afterward, and the entire amendment could be read within about 12 hours. That’s twelve hours of floor time, assuming Coburn keeps withholding unanimous consent.

What does this do? It makes a hash out of Harry Reid’s plan to move the bill through the Senate by Christmas. Twelve hours of floor time for just a single amendment means that no other business can be conducted until at least Friday. Coburn apparently launched this effort in response to an attempt by Reid to shove the bill to a cloture vote without giving everyone enough time to read the bill or peruse the CBO analysis, due this week.

By throwing Senate Democrats off of their very tight schedule, pushing the ObamaCare into 2010, Coburn's move could potentially amount to a lethal injection.

Conservatives, moderates, liberals, the voters & the GOP agree: Kill the Bill! Contact Senator Coburn to thank him doing all of us a huge favor:

Telephone and Fax

Washington D.C.:
Main: 202-224-5754
Fax: 202-224-6008

Tulsa:
Main: 918-581-7651
Fax: 918-581-7195

Oklahoma City:
Main: 405-231-4941
Fax: 405-231-5051



Update:

Sanders is withdrawing his amendment with great theatrics (2:45 p.m.).

Now let's read the rest of the legislation.

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1 comment:

Bungalow Bill said...

Keep talking! Go Coburn!